Merritt is an advisor to a number of young companies including Expanso  and serves as Field CISO at Lacework.

She spends significant time talking to customers, either 1:1 to executives or in public speaking and the press, as an AWS spokesperson. She also brings feedback from those conversations to product improvements.

Merritt most recently served as Lead Cyber Advisor at the Federal Communications Commission, where she advised on technology, security, and network reliability.

She has worked in headquarters of DHS' Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), including the lead civilian cyber incident response center National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)

She worked to optimize information sharing, including automated cyber threat indicator sharing; to promote cybersecurity best practices, with reference to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework; and to foster big thinking around cutting edge issues including security for cloud, mobile, IoT, and ICS. She assisted with the drafting of December 2014 FISMA reform and the NCPA, which codified the role of the NCCIC as a hub for civilian executive branch cybersecurity.

As a Founding Partner at business accelerator coVenturr, Merritt built young companies from the ground up, infusing expert knowledge in the law, market strategy, and policy implications of technology. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Penn State Law School, UPenn Fels School of Government, and University of Maryland. Merritt is based in Miami, FL and Denver, CO.

Speaking Engagements

AWS Executive Insights

Aug, 2022

Reframing Security as a Strategic Advantage

theCube, AWS re:Inforce 2022

July, 2022

Interview with Merritt Baer and AWS Audit Manager

SNG Live

Nov 3, 2017

Modernizing Federal Cybersecurity


Sept 14, 2021



March 18, 2021

AWS Dev Day Security Edition


Dec 15, 2020

CyberWire Quarterly Analyst Call

Tessian Human Level Security Summit

Sept 9, 2020

Tessian Human Layer Security Summit

AWS Summer Camp

June 9, 2020

​"Innovation" AWS Summer Camp

Data Privacy Day

June 2019

Data Privacy Day 2019

AWS re:Inforce 2022

July 2022

Edge Cases: Inside Stories from Layer 7

CyberArk Impact Keynote

July 2022

Identity Security in the Cloud


Oct 12, 2021

Security as a Business Driver

eMerge Americas

Oct 5, 2017

eMerge Americas

ET Digital Warriors

March 8, 2021

ET Digital Warriors Summit and Awards keynote


Nov 23-24, 2020

TrendMicro “CloudSec”

RiskSec Digital

Sept, 17, 2020

RiskSec Digital 2020

Tessian Human Level Security Summit

June 8, 2020

Tessian Human Level Security Summit


June 25, 2020

TrendMicro Perspectives

Cloud Secuity Podcast

May 2020

Cloud Security Podcast

AWS ReInforce


Moving to a DevSecOps Model


Feb 4, 2018

Every Backdoor an Open Door

GovernmentCIO Magazine

Sept 1, 2017

View From the Top

Women in Tech Summit

Feb 5, 2016

Cyber Security-- Are You at Risk?

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